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Welcome to the training section.

Find out more about our courses, conference and resources

Our training activities support users in the member states and among the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) members in the application of EUMETSAT data, products, and services, including Copernicus data provided by EUMETSAT.

Online learning & training support. You can access free and self-paced resources to support your learning and development during this challenging time of pandemic outbreak and beyond.

Stay in the know with the Training Calendar

In the Training Calendar you can search for all planned courses tailored to your training needs, language and geographical region.

Important Note: COVID-19/SARS-2

We will assess the situation and short notice cancellation of face-to-face events may occur, if a high risk of COVID transmission is detected. We will inform you if this is the case. We shall try and meet as many of the objectives as possible through an online event, so keep the time free!

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Satellite data is important for monitoring the weather over the whole globe. Satellite images give an overview of the location and movement of weather systems and clouds associated with these systems. The satellite measurements provide Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) models with crucial information on global atmospheric temperature, humidity and wind structure.

Case studies

The following cases are examples of how to take advantage of satellites for monitoring of Cyclogenesis, Convection, Tropical Cyclones and Fog.

Training resources and tools

Basic Satellite Imagery Interpretation (MetEd) in English and French (requires registration)
EUMeTrain resources
EUMeTrain ePort


Satellites play a crucial role in the observation of Earth's climate system. EUMETSAT and our Satellite Application Facilities (SAF) provide homogeneous, well calibrated, climate data records from the early 1980s onwards.

Case studies

The following cases and lessons are examples of how to take advantage of satellites for climate monitoring.

Training resources and tools

Currently being developed
COMET Module 1 (and 2).
Standalone online course on satellite climate monitoring (to be developed).

Atmospheric Composition

Satellite data are fundamental to understand and monitor atmospheric composition at different scales, from air quality to climate worldwide.

Our training focuses on EUMETSAT datasets, such as IASI and GOME-2 instrument data distributed by the Atmospheric Composition SAF (AC SAF), plus Copernicus products and services such as Sentinel5P and the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS), in partnership with ESA and ECMWF, promoting access, handling and development of applications.

New breakthrough observations will come with the Sentinel-4 and Sentinel-5 missions and the new EUMETSAT Polar System-Second Generation( EPS-SG).

Case studies

The following cases are examples of how satellite data helps to monitor air quality, gases, fires and particulates.

Training resources and tools

Data handling is a priority for us.

See a first draft of Jupyter Notebook Modules to handle principal datasets and basic plotting
Check out our recent Atmospheric composition MOOC


Satellites aiming to monitor the atmosphere will be watching the land surface most of the time through the atmospheric windows, spectral regions with small absorption by gases or aerosols. Data can be then used for soil analysis.

Case studies

The following cases are examples of how to take advantage of satellites for soil monitoring.

Training resources and tools

Land SAF website
Land Surface Analysis: An Introduction to the EUMETSAT LSA-SAF Products (requires registration)


The oceans are both an essential part of the Earth system, enabling life to exist and are a vast resource to support the sustainable development of human society. As they cover 70% of the Earth, and need to be understood from physical, biological, and chemical perspectives, satellite data is an essential resource for measuring our oceans. EUMETSAT ocean training focuses, primarily, on Copernicus data from Sentinel-3 and supporting missions, including ocean colour, sea surface temperature, and altimetry, and their interdisciplinary applications in the marine domain.

Case studies

The following cases are examples of how to take advantage of satellites for ocean and marine monitoring.

Training resources and tools

Overview on how EUMETSAT supports the European Copernicus Earth Observation programme
Oceans MOOC
Python code supporting a range of workflows for Sentinel-3 data


Virtual Laboratory

The Virtual Lab (VLab) is a partnership between specialised training centres and satellite operators.

Established by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Coordination Group for Meteorological Satellites (CGMS), the Virtual Laboratory for Training and Education in Satellite Meteorology (VLab) the global network of specialised training centres and meteorological satellite operators works together to improve the utilisation of data and products from meteorological and environmental satellites.

EUMETSAT works closely with the training centres, Centres of Excellence, in Oman, Niger, Kenya and South Africa.

In supporting these Centres of Excellence, EUMETSAT works with the centres to make sure they have access to data, and helps them to develop expertise in the use of current and future satellite data. We have a long history supporting training and development outside Europe — the first course in Africa was organised more than 10 years ago. Since then we have seen a significant growth in regional expertise on satellite meteorology.

Regional Focus Groups (RFGs) are an important part of the VLab collaboration. These help forecasters and scientists to develop their skills; working with real data without having to leave the workplace. The regional focus groups are held online and open for anyone with an interest in a particular region to attend.

Virtual Laboratory (VLab) logo

In addition, within Europe, the event weeks organised in collaboration with EUMeTrain also form part of the VLab activities. There are online training events, open to everyone, which cover a theme in satellite meteorology. These online events make the training more accessible across the region, compared to a classroom course.

You can keep up-to-date with all VLab activities via VLab news.

You can find other training resources on the COMET website.


Professional development – short-term missions to grow your skills

We offer skills development opportunities to strengthen specific expertise needs within the national met services.

Apply for the short term skills development scheme.

EUMETSAT also supports scientists, in particular young professionals, to attend conferences and courses advertised on our website or on the relevant conference portal.

About Us

Our courses, workshops and events are delivered in collaborations with partners.

In Europe, we have established the EUMeTrain project that produces lessons and online courses, and provides resources for weather forecasters and trainers. We also work with Eumetcal, which facilitates co-ordination of meteorological training across Europe.

For training outside Europe, we operate as part of the WMO-CGMS Virtual Laboratory on Satellite Meteorology Training and Education (VLab).

Stay informed and get in touch

Subscribe to the Training Bulletin the joint EUMETSAT, EUMETCAL, EUMeTrain newsletter on new activities and resources in European meteorological training — published every quarter.

Contact us, if you have questions about training events and professional development opportunities.

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